She may be the Queen of Twitter, but she hasn’t had much luck in the legislative arena.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was among the least successful members of the previous Congress.
The legislative effectiveness scores are at the core of the research conducted at the Center for Effective Lawmaking, co-directed by Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, and Craig Volden, professor of public policy and politics at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
“While political talking points and ideology-fueled headlines may gather more attention, bill advancement is the key to effectiveness for every elected lawmaker in Congress,” Craig Volden said.
According to the report, Ocasio-Cortez, who serves parts of Queens and the Bronx in Congress, introduced 21 bills between January 2019 and January 2021, but none made it beyond their respective committees.
Although the freshman lawmaker worked hard to push her legislative agenda, Alan Wiseman, a Vanderbilt political scientist and co-director of the center, told the New York Post that she failed to get fellow lawmakers’ support.
“She introduced a lot of bills, but she was not successful at having them receive any action in committee or beyond committee, and if they can’t get through committee, they cannot pass the House,” Wiseman said.
AOC ranked 230th out of 240 Democratic members.
Among her ineffective bills are the federal overhaul of public housing, a lockdown ban, and mandatory regulation to provide full federal public benefits to illegal immigrants.
Democrats stress that many of Ocasio-Cortez’s colleagues have found her approach alienating.
“Tweeting is easy; governing is hard. You need to have friends. You need to understand the committee process. You need to be willing to make sacrifices. … Her first day in Congress … she decided to protest outside Nancy Pelosi’s office.”
According to a Democrat who worked with her in the New York delegation, “legislation was never her focus. It was media and narrative.”
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.-11) told The Post, “Her ludicrous policy ideas would destroy our country—Americans should be thankful she’s not effective.”
Malliotakis does not appear on the list because she is a freshman.
On Saturday, PIX11 reached out to Ocasio-office Cortez’s for comment but received no response.
Other members of the Democrat Socialist “Squad” outperformed AOC. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota proposed 33 bills, putting her in 214th place, while Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib had three of her bills sent to committee, resulting in one bill. She came in 92nd place.
Meanwhile, former Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who served in the 116th Congress for over three decades and did not seek re-election in 2020, was named the most effective New York legislator and one of the most effective Democrats in the 116th Congress.
Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), as well as Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), joined her.
Despite his party’s minority status, John Katko (R-N.Y.-24) of Syracuse held a prominent spot among Republicans, with six of his bills passing the House. He had the highest approval rating among New York Republicans and was ranked third overall among his peers.
Tom Reed (R-N.Y.-23), a Corinthian Republican, has served a full term and introduced 11 bills, placing him 45th out of 205 senators.